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Release: Feb. 25, 2000


UI THEATER AUDITIONS MARCH 4-5 -- The University of Iowa department of theatre arts will hold auditions for Iowa Summer Rep 2000 and the Iowa Playwrights Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5. UI theater auditions are open to the public -- no affiliation with the UI or the theater department are required -- and roles are available for all ages.

Summer Rep auditions are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 in the Theatre Building. Callbacks will be March 5. The professional season of Summer Rep will be a festival of plays by Edward Albee. Auditioners should come prepared to present two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than four minutes. For further information, or to sign up for an audition slot, contact Denise Matthes at 319-335-2700.

Auditions for the Iowa Playwrights Festival will be 5-9 p.m. March 4. Advance preparation is not required, but auditioners will be expected to read from scripts. A sign-up sheet is also posted on the callboard in the Theatre Building.

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CONCERT BY TWO UI BANDS MARCH 6 -- Two bands from the University of Iowa School of Music -- the University Band, directed by UI graduate student Boyd Perkins, and the Concert Band, directed by faculty member Kevin Kastens -- will share the program of a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Both groups are made up of UI students, and are filled by audition.

The Concert Band will perform five pieces.

--"An Original Suite" was the first work for band by English composer Gordon Jacob. It is in three movements -- March, Intermezzo and Finale -- and belongs to the extensive British tradition of tuneful concert music for military bands.

--"Australian Up-Country Tune" by Percy Grainger is based on the composer's "Up-Country Song," written for unaccompanied and wordless voices. "In the tune," the composer wrote, " I had wished to voice an Australian up-country feeling as Stephen Foster had with American country-side feelings in his songs."

--"Annie Laurie Air Varie" (melody with variations) by Arthur Pryor will feature UI graduate student Matt Bauem as trombone soloist. Known at one time as "the Paganini of the trombone," Pryor was well known in the early years of the 20th century for his showy solo works for trombone and was the conductor of a very popular concert band.

--"Fortress" by Frank Tichelli combines traditional military music, including a bugle call motive and percussion patterns, with contemporary harmonies to create a growing sense of urgency that suggests some kind of military scenario.

--"Amaprito Roca" by Jaime Texidore is one of the world's best known and most popular Spanish marches.

The Concert Band will also play five pieces.

--"The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare" by Grainger is scored for brass and percussion and was dedicated by the composer to the memory of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. It is based on the English folk song "The Duke of Marlborough."

--"Festival Sinfonia," the newest work on the program, was composed last year by Roland Barrett.

--"Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," from the opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, was transcribed for band by the former director of the U.S. Marine Band, Col. John R. Bourgeois (Ret.).

--"Of Sailors and Whales" by W. Francis McBeth is a five-movement work based on five scenes from Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick."

--"Olympia Hippodrome March" by Russell Alexander was dedicated to Carl Clair, the director of the Barnum and Bailey Circus band and written just prior to a five-year tour of Europe.

Kastens is assistant director of bands at the UI. He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp.

Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor at band clinics throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has had numerous articles published on instrumental music education in the Music Educators Journal and other professional publications. A leader in the field of computer-assisted marching band drill design, he helped develop "Drill Quest," a drill-writing software program

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at The UI Band Department has a web page at

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GALLERY PRODUCTION MARCH 7-9 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present a workshop production of "Dolores de los Tempos Pasados" by graduate acting student Noemi de la Puente at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, March 7-9 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The play -- performed in English -- combines movement, slapstick, tango, mime and a speaking chorus in a drama about a museum curator who becomes obsessed with an exhibition about La Passionara, a famous political activist from the Spanish Civil War. Her passionate encounter with this freedom fighter from the past leads her to discoveries about her own need for freedom and purposeful action.

Director Ralph Hall, a faculty member in the UI department of theatre arts, says, "The play reminds me that each of us is a legend; each of us is history."

The playwright, who is also a member of the performing ensemble explains, "This piece grew out of memories of my father's childhood Spanish Civil War stories. I've been working on the fine line between honoring one's past and idolatry."

The production features set design by Carolyn Barrientes, lighting design by Tariq Peterson and sound design by Luke Olson.

Admission will be $1 at the door.

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PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 8 -- Franklin Miller, professor of film, video and interactive technologies production at the University of Iowa, will present "Right Where You Left It," a lecture and demonstration of his 360-degree interactive CD-ROM panoramas at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the UI Museum of Art.

Miller's presentation is part of the weekly Perspectives series held Wednesdays at the museum. Admission is free to both the museum and the series.

Miller will show a set of computer-enabled moving panoramic landscapes, made over the last two years. The content of each landscape changes slightly with user interaction -- a rock appears, a tree stump vanishes -- incrementally shifting the view from one "place" to another.

"Those attending may expect some hands-on play time," Miller states. "After all, the shift from 'viewing' to 'using' is one of the issues that will be discussed."

Of his panoramas, Miller says, "They are unique in that they retain the contemplative appeal of still photography while taking on the restless urgency created in a motion picture by the moving camera."

Following the lecture and demonstration a computer with CD-ROM panoramas will remain in the museum as an installation of Miller's work.

Miller, who has been making films and videos since 1961, has devoted the last decade to computer-enabled work, a field leading him to CD-ROM and internet delivery technologies. His work has been shown on Iowa Public Television, CBS, NBC, WTTW, KQED, IPT, WDR, and in film and video programs at the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Hirschhorn and Guggenheim Museums.

Other venues where his work has been displayed include the Flaherty Seminar, Film Forum, Theater Vangarde, the National Film Board of Canada, the American Center in Paris, the Pacific Film Archives and many festivals and universities around the United States as well as in Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, the Netherlands and Japan.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at